Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ashley and Turner, Mosley and Arnold, are 2017 Bay County Cross-Country champs

In Bay County, Florida Bay District high schools Mosley, Arnold, Rutherford, and Bay each field cross-country teams, as does North Bay Haven Charter Academy. Two or more of those Bay County schools meet several times during the cross-country season. It's only at the Bay County Cross-Country Championships, though, that you'll find those schools and no others competing on the trails. The five teams convened for their annual championship on Tuesday morning, 10 October 2017, hosted by Arnold at Conservation Park in Panama City Beach. Mosley won the team title in the girls' 5K race, with Arnold frosh Marisa Ashley taking individual honors in 19:05. Arnold was the top team in the boys' 5K, a race won by Arnold senior Blake Turner in 17:40.

Marisa Ashley
Marisa Ashley

Competition commenced with the girls' 5K, scheduled for 8:30 AM. Throughout the 2017 season, whenever Arnold and Mosley were at a meet it was a smart bet that Arnold frosh Marisa Ashley and Mosley senior Ella Swigler would be the first two Bay County girls. That wisdom held for the County Championships, as Ashley took first in 19:05 and Swigler second in 19:58. Arnold senior Kaia Stevenson placed third in 22:39.


Arnold had a third runner in the top ten when sophomore Stephanie Lindig finished eighth in 27:00. Mosley, however, put four runners in the top ten--Swigler, juniors Catherine MacLean (5th, 24:54) and Rebecca Salazar (6th, 26:19), and frosh Hanna Altman (7th, 26:24). Frosh Leah Smith (19th, 29:58) completed Mosley's scoring, giving the team a narrow 39 to 41 victory over Arnold. Led by junior Darby Bennett (4th, 24:21), Rutherford was third with 55 points. North Bay Haven placed fourth with 77.


Girls' Team Standings, 2017 Bay County Cross-Country Championships
  1. Mosley, 39
  2. Arnold, 41
  3. Rutherford, 55
  4. North Bay Haven, 77

Top Ten Girls, 2017 Bay County Cross-Country Championships
  1. 19:04.99, Marisa Ashley (Arnold) 9
  2. 19:57.47, Ella Swigler (Mosley) 12
  3. 22:38.08, Kaia Stevenson (Arnold) 12
  4. 24:20.91, Darby Bennett (Rutherford) 11
  5. 24:53.52, Catherine MacLean (Mosley) 11
  6. 26:18.79, Rebecca Salazar (Mosley) 11
  7. 26:23.01, Hannah Altman (Mosley) 9
  8. 27:00.00, Stephanie Lindig (Arnold) 10
  9. 27:06.32, Mary Granducci (Rutherford) 10
  10. 27:14.02, Audrey Richardson (North Bay Haven) 12

Arnold senior Blake Turner didn't quite win the boys' 5K by 200 meters, but his 17:40 winning time put him almost that far ahead. Arnold junior Mason Bennett was second in 18:16, and Rutherford junior Delrico Pearson was third in 18:42.

Blake Turner
Blake Turner

Arnold also got scoring efforts from sophomore Alex Kendall (7th, 20:33) and juniors Brandon Hunter (12th, 21:11) and Cyrus Garringer (16th, 22:06), giving the team 38 points and victory. North Bay Haven, led by senior Bryce Johnston (5th, 19:39), was second with 56 points. Rutherford edged Mosley for third, 70 to 73. Bay was fifth with 131 points.


Boys' Team Standings, 2017 Bay County Cross-Country Championships
  1. Arnold, 38
  2. North Bay Haven, 56
  3. Rutherford, 70
  4. Mosley, 73
  5. Bay, 131

Top Ten Boys, 2017 Bay County Cross-Country Championships
  1. 17:39.98, Blake Turner (Arnold) 12
  2. 18:15.82, Mason Bennett (Arnold) 11
  3. 18:41.11, Delrico Pearson (Rutherford) 11
  4. 19:25.62, Eric Reid (Rutherford) 12
  5. 19:38.41, Bryce Johnston (North Bay Haven) 12
  6. 19:48.73, Matthew Conkel (Mosley) 12
  7. 20:32.58, Alex Kendall (Arnold) 10
  8. 20:45.10, Chad Forgue (North Bay Haven) 11
  9. 20:46.90, Seth Pietrowski (North Bay Haven) 10
  10. 20:57.81, Kaden Jones (Mosley) 9

The Bay County Championship heralds the coming of the post-season and the state championship series. Arnold, Rutherford, Bay, and North Bay Haven will tangle again during the opening round of the state championship series in the class 2A District 1 meet at the Callaway Recreational Complex on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. Mosley's quest for a spot at the State Final starts at the class 3A District 2 meet, scheduled for Saturday, 28 October 2017, at the old Bay Dunes Golf Course.


Miles and Minutes, LLC, of Tallahassee, Florida timed the 2017 Bay County Cross-Country Championship.


Bay County Cross-Country Championship winners, 2012 - 2017
Boys
DateTeam ChampIndividual Champ
23 October 2011
24 October 2012Mosley, 3916:03, Aaron Jane (Mosley) 11
16 October 2013Mosley, 2316:42, Aaron Jane (Mosley) 12
2014
15 October 2015Arnold, 3517:13, Ethan Mines (Mosley) 12
13 October 2016Rutherford, 3317:14, Alix Gennette (Rutherford) 12
10 October 2017Mosley, 3919:05, Marisa Ashley (Arnold) 9
Girls
DateTeam ChampIndividual Champ
23 October 2011
24 October 2012Arnold, 2819:00, Mikayla Hodges (Arnold) 12
16 October 2013Rutherford, 3719:49, Michaela Ashley (Arnold) 10
2014
15 October 2015Mosley, 3020:33, Michaela Ashley (Arnold) 12
13 October 2016Rutherford, 3621:08, Zeana Guirey (Rutherford) 12
10 October 2017Arnold, 3817:40, Blake Turner (Arnold) 12


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